September 26-29, 2017
Prior work has shown that both the structure of social relationships and discourse/meaning sharing contribute to the emergence and spread of knowledge and culture.
Network analysis offers new ways of studying the relationships between social structures and the discursive/meaning structures that individuals or communities share. The session was devoted to the emerging field of socio-semantic network analysis that examines the two types of structures jointly.
The session attracted significant international interest, which resulted in three slots of theoretical, methodological and empirical papers, contributing new perspectives on the questions how, when, and under what conditions social relationships, content and meaning structures can be connected via network research; or what approaches are suitable to strengthen our understanding of the connections between the structure of social relations and meaning.
Among contributors of the session there were Jan Fuhse, Humboldt University Berlin, Christian Steglich, University of Groningen, Camille Roth, Sciences Po and Humboldt University Berlin, Iina Hellsten, University of Amsterdam, John Levi Martin, University of Chicago, Peng Wang, Swinburne University of Technology.